Mysteries from the Archives (part X)

Greetings, everyone!

This is part 10 of our Mysteries from the Archives posts. While I have no doubt that there will be more mysteries in the future, this is the last of the big push to solve mysteries that have turned up in the course of our Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant funded project. As you know, the CLIR project wrapped up at the end of December and the findings aids are all searchable online! Even though the grant project has ended, the collections are still active so keep sending your materials to the library! Here are the guidelines for submitting materials.

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Thank you!

Mystery #40

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Mystery #42

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Mystery #44

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6 Responses to Mysteries from the Archives (part X)

  1. John Widmann says:

    #41 is McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD, where a new 48 bell Petit and Fritsen carillon (Based on a D in the middle octave connected to C on the keyboard, transposing up a 2nd, missing the first semitone) replaced a previous chime in the tower in 1978.

  2. #42 is Soldiers’ Tower at the University of Toronto. I’ll send you another photo for confirmation.

  3. Carol Jickling Lens says:

    I think 42 could be Christ Church Cranbrook.

  4. Roy Lee says:

    #42 is Soldiers’ Tower at the University of Toronto. First photo shows the north face of the tower. Second photo was taken from the southeastern corner of the tower. (I’d love to know the approximate timing!)

  5. Richard Strauss says:

    #41 could be the James F. Akright’s rosewood keyboard built for the Mears chime at Wesleyan Univ, Middletown, Connecticut. When Mears extended the original chime bells, Akright built this keyboard and a new bar transmission for the playing action. He also built a matching rosewood practice keyboard with tubular chimes. Present state of this work unknown to me.

    See also and Akright was primarily an organ builder but also did various carillon maintenance and renovation work for KU, Lincoln, Culver, and experimental keyboard design for Bok. A less-than-serious bio is at

  6. Norman Bliss says:

    I think #44 is the baton keyboard made by Jim Akright in 1966 for the 16 bell Whitechapel chime at Wesleyan University, Middletown CT. It was retained when the instrument was enlarged to a carillon, but still lacks a pedalboard.

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